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R/GA Ventures partners with leading Oregon organizations to create Venture Studio focused on Enterprise Blockchain solutions

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Today, R/GA Ventures, Moda, Umpqua Bank, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, Business Oregon, ConsenSys and blockchain research firm Smith + Crown, are pleased to announce the launch of the Oregon Enterprise Blockchain Venture Studio (OEBVS): the first program of its kind designed to build a blockchain-based ecosystem, and position Oregon’s businesses and institutions to further compete globally.

Bringing together private enterprise, education institutions, and the public and nonprofit sectors with commercial interests in agriculture, manufactured products, healthcare, finance, energy, transportation, technology, sports, and global trade, creates an ideal environment to test and launch blockchain applications with viable use cases. The intersection of the state’s technology workforce and commercial interests provides an opportunity for Oregon to be one of the first state sponsors of a public-private partnership to embrace blockchain technologies, potentially transforming how we live, work, play, learn, and govern.

Designed as an initiative to drive blockchain-led innovation across multiple verticals and industry sectors, the OEBVS will focus on leveraging emerging startup products, services, and tools to solve targeted business objectives for the Studio Partners and amplify these successes across the state and globally. The Studio will be structured to identify strategic opportunities for startups, and provide the selected Program Companies with the market opportunities, guidance, and partnerships to achieve momentum for sustainable growth.

Blockchain technology is an emerging technology with a robust and rapidly evolving developer ecosystem. Blockchain technology provides a secure way to encode transactions between parties, creating irreversible, immutable chains of information. This technology has implications for any organization that keeps records, tracks supply chains, creates intellectual property, or deals with sensitive data. It has the potential to enable new decentralized organizational constructs that could disrupt existing data-driven businesses. With use cases ranging from health care and logistics to data security and financial infrastructure, Blockchain technology presents a new frontier of exploration and innovation for forward-thinking enterprises.

The Oregon Blockchain Venture Studio areas of interest include:

  • Retail and Commerce
  • Insurance, Digital Health, and Wellness
  • Finance
  • Sports
  • Manufacturing, Shipping, and Supply Chain
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Civic and Institutional Solutions
  • Transportation, IoT, and Smart Cities
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Advertising and Marketing

R/GA’s award-winning strategists, technologists, designers, and consultants will advise the startups to develop their businesses and prepare them for future milestones. The startups will receive mentorship from industry executives and access to our world-class Studio Partners.

The Studio program will take place out of R/GA’s Portland Pearl District office, launching on July 29, 2019. The program will conclude in October with a demo event at which each startup will present to industry leaders, partners, investors, and customers from the technology and innovation community. If you are interested in attending the demo event, please email us at ventures@rga.com for more information.

Startup applications open on April 24th, 2019 and admissions will roll throughout the year. Global startups working on all aspects of enterprise blockchain technologies, products, and services are encouraged to apply at www.oebvs.com.

 

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IPwe Announces Significant Patent Portfolio Acquisition Transaction Completed Across the IPwe Platform

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Within the first month of IPwe’s Patent Platform official launch, a US based seller and Irish buyer utilized the IPwe Platform to initiate, negotiate and complete a patent acquisition transaction for a large patent portfolio.

The IPwe Platform is the world’s first global patent transaction platform utilizing artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to facilitate acquisitions, licensing, financings, maintenance fee and other patent transactions on a more efficient basis measured by time and cost.

The Irish based buyer purchased 86 issued patents and 25 pending applications in the connected car technology area from AutoConnect Holdings. The transaction was executed on the IPwe Platform for a purchase price exceeding $3 million.  By removing complexities out of patent transactions, the IPwe Platform handled negotiations, signing, closing and payment and will handle the follow-on obligations, such as future reporting and payment obligations, leveraging smart contracts.

“By leveraging AI and Blockchain, we have brought unprecedented speed and efficiency to the global patent ecosystem by providing the first patent transaction platform where both buyers, sellers and other intermediaries can connect and transact.  We will be launching The IPwe Network initiative in the coming weeks that will leverage the IPwe Platform and a select group of global patent brokers and patent boutiques that will further expand the transactional capabilities of the IPwe Platform,” said Pascal Asselot, Managing Director of IPwe.

A spokesperson of AutoConnect was quoted as stating, “As you would expect from an innovation leader in the IP space, the execution across the IPwe Platform was exceptional. The use of smart contracts brings automation and certainty in the execution of the patent transaction, including for the provisions relating to future payments and performance obligations.”

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The EY and Guardtime joint venture company signs agreement with China’s Zhuhai Port Holdings for future collaboration

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The EY and Guardtime marine insurance blockchain joint venture company Insurwave Limited today announces a new agreement with Zhuhai Port Holdings Group Co., Ltd. to explore and collaborate on shipping logistics and marine insurance to promote frictionless trade across the Greater Bay Area and beyond. During the World Port Conference in GuangzhouKaren Maddocks, British Consul-General in Guangzhouand Tenghui Chi, Director-General of the Financial Services Bureau for the Hengqin New Area of Zhuhai, attended as witnesses to the signing on May 8th 2019.

Zhuhai Port Holdings Group businesses span across the development, construction, management and operation of ports, land and supporting facilities. Insurwave Limited launched Insurwave, the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform for commercial use, in May 2018. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focuses on the link between marine insurance blockchain technology and port logistics, identifying a strategic cooperation in the marine economy of the Greater Bay Area, which can lead to more efficient and effective global trade conditions.

Shaun Crawford, EY Global Vice Chair for Industry, says: 
“Combining the knowledge from Insurwave with Zhuhai Port Holdings’ experience in port logistics, we’re pleased to establish a joint initiative for identifying blockchain’s applications in cross-border financial services, logistics and trade. Insurwave was developed a year ago to transform how businesses manage risk across their organization and how they work with brokers and (re)insurers. Our hope is this is another step in the right direction and will have the same impact on international trade and port logistics. This agreement comes at a great time and we look forward to supporting the Greater Bay Area plan and the Belt and Road initiative.”

Botao Liu, Strategic Development Center General Manager of Zhuhai Port Holdings Group, says: 
“Both parties have a common interest and by leveraging our core strengths we’re able to seize the opportunities of the Belt and Road initiative, the opening of the Hong-Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Greater Bay Area to promote the connection between marine insurance blockchain technology and global port logistics.”

Karen Maddocks, British Consul-General, says:
“Insurwave is a great example of a British technology supporting the development of the Greater Bay Area and on this occasion Zhuhai in particular. This innovative British blockchain platform will streamline marine insurance in the Greater Bay Area and boost international trade along the Belt and Road initiative.”

Tenghui Chi, Director-General of the Financial Services Bureau for the Hengqin New Area of Zhuhai says:
“The agreement lays a great foundation for the future win-win collaboration between the two parties. We look forward to supporting upcoming initiatives from Insurwave and Zhuhai Port Holdings that will deliver valuable insights and growth to the marine insurance sector, logistics and trade in the Greater Bay Area.”

 

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Explore the Future of Blockchain Technology at SANS Minneapolis Cyber Security Training Event

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SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced the agenda for SANS Minneapolis 2019 (#SANSMinneapolis) taking place August 12-17 in Minnesota. Course topics to include cyber defense, ethical hacking, penetration testing, SIEM, critical security controls, digital forensics, and security management. G. Mark Hardy (@g_mark), the founder and president of National Security Corporation will give an evening talk, “Blockchain: Building Better Business Models Securely”.

Hardy explains, “Blockchain as a technology has been proposed as a solution to everything from frictionless currency transfer to tracking cargo on ships. With over one billion dollars in venture funds invested and several hundred patents filed, every security professional must know the impact on organizations in terms of risk, volatility, and competitiveness. Join me in Minneapolis where we will explore the future of this technology. I’ll also share how to identify business processes at your organization that can be improved or enabled by blockchain.”

In addition to his talk Hardy will teach MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership. This course provides students with the tools to become a security business leader who can build and execute strategic plans that resonate with other business executives. Students will learn how to create effective information security policy, and develop management and leadership skills to better lead, inspire, and motivate their teams.

SANS Minneapolis 2019 features cutting-edge courseware covering today’s most complex cyber security issues. Courses include SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style, SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics, FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response, and SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls – In-Depth.

 

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